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· June, 2017

Stories about South Asia from June, 2017

22 June 2017

People Around the World Celebrate International Day of Yoga, an Ancient Indian Tradition

"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga. Yoga connects body, mind, and soul."

21 June 2017

Where Did Indians’ Ancient Ancestors Come From? The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate Rages Once More

"The linguistic evidence for the #AryanMigration theory is very strong. [Now there is something] for those that need hard science."

20 June 2017

Photos Capture the Delicate Beauty of Nepal's Butterflies

See their stripes, dots, and colors up close, thanks to these shots by photographer Susheel Shrestha.

17 June 2017

Years After Marriage, Indian Women Dare to Say Their Husbands’ Names for the First Time

Community correspondent Rohini Pawar shares how women in Walhe village in Pune district, Maharashtra, are breaking away from patriarchal cultural practices.

16 June 2017

Deadly Landslides in Bangladesh Disrupt Road Networks and Create Food and Fuel Crisis

"The landslide took scores of lives. But it does not end there. More lives will be lost...Do you get it? There is no more fuel available in petrol pumps..."

13 June 2017

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan

The Bridge

"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."

10 June 2017

The Alleged Spy at the Center of India and Pakistan’s Latest Row

It's a matter of life and death for ex-Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Why Is the ‘Banksy of Bangladesh’ Asking Someone Called Subodh to Run Away?

"This Subodh is representative of Bangladesh at the present time. He is the representative of the unemployed and the marginalized people. He is the representative of good sense."

9 June 2017

Pakistani Journalist Takes Intelligence Agency to Court Over Harassment

Global Voices Advocacy

"Many friends have also confided tht seeing me go thru all wht i've had to has made thm self censor even more. Climate of fear persists"

8 June 2017

Indian Journalists Demand Press Freedom Protections After State Agents Raid Broadcaster Offices

Global Voices Advocacy

“We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces."

There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.

The Bridge

It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.

6 June 2017

A New Festival in Madhya Pradesh Revives a Lost Indigenous Culture

Thousands of people have gathered in Verwada village in Barwani district to celebrate the newest festival in Madhya Pradesh – the festival of Rani Kajal Mata, an ancient, indigenous deity.

5 June 2017

In Face of Government and Military Pressure, This Pakistani Newspaper Stood Tall

An explosive news story has resulted in several government officials losing their jobs and a newspaper being intimidated, revealing Pakistani state and military officials' limited regard for press freedom.

2 June 2017

The Muslims You Cannot See

The Bridge

"Islamophobia in its ugliest forms attacks our belonging. It attacks our identity, which is so vast, varied, and intersectional that it cannot possibly fit into a box."

1 June 2017

‘Bodies Die, Countries Don't': Are You Listening? Podcast

In this episode, we take you to Venezuela, Indian-administered Kashmir, Thailand, Nigeria, and Brazil.

Dalit Students in India Say Government's Disappearing Scholarships Amounts to Discrimination

"Each one of us Dalit’s progress in education is determined by these fellowship grants. When we are denied these, we undergo mental harassment and our societal death."

The Pedicab Project Is Giving Nepal's Rickshaws a Modern Update

"Pedicabs...provide an essential mobility service for much of South Asia. The industry to produce and manage cycle rickshaws likewise is also a major employment and income source..."

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